After years of underachievement, English teams are getting it right in Europe

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid is another sign that English clubs are doing much better in the Champions League. It’s been a struggle over the past few years but now, under new and better managers, Premier League teams are starting to deliver in Europe again. By Jamie Braidwood

Dramatic qualifiers show that international football is far from dull and boring

It’s hard to remember a week of international football like this one. One full of so many shocks and stories and of twists and turns. International football gets a bad reputation, but where does it actually come from? Maybe we should make more of an effort to try. There was drama everywhere this week, it’s just a shame it was seen by so few. By Jamie Braidwood

The Long Read: Two years on from Liverpool, how far has Rodgers come?

Two years ago Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool. It came less than 18 months after he had led the Reds to an improbable title challenge but at the time, Rodgers’ stock couldn’t have been lower. It seemed unlikely that he would ever get the chance to manage at the top level again. But that all changed once he joined Celtic. By Jamie Braidwood.

Celtic’s week shows they are stuck in their own world

Celtic’s juxtaposing results against PSG and Ross County perfectly illustrates their predicament. They’re stuck, too strong at home but lacking the resources and financial power needed to compete with Europe’s elite in the Champions League. Where do they go from here? By Jamie Braidwood

In Craig Levein, Hearts choose familiarity and stabilty

“Craig Levein’s appointment as Hearts manager has divided fans. Levein has often been a target of supporters’ frustrations during his time as the club’s Director of Football but if you look at his managerial history, it’s hard to argue with the decision.” By John Menzies